Crime

Man accused of kidnapping, raping women across Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Snatched off the street, then held for more than 15 hours -- a New Mexico woman says it happened to her while walking to the bus stop.

The woman lives just a couple of streets away from Alvarado Park. People say they enjoy walking around this neighborhood, but now they are being extra cautious. 

"We feel like it's been relatively safe as far as anywhere else in Albuquerque," said Kim Bell.

Still, knowing a woman was abducted just a block from her home on La Veta Drive in Albuquerque has neighbors like Bell on edge. 

"Property crime doesn't surprise me anymore but violent crimes like that do and terrify me," said Britt McMurray. 

It happened on Oct. 30 around 5:00 p.m. A woman told police she was walking to the bus stop when a green van pulled up.

Police say the driver, 35-year-old Timothy Bachicha, asked her if she needed a ride. The woman told police she declined the offer and that's when Bachicha allegedly strangled her and forced her into the van. 

"You want to believe that your neighborhood is safe, you want to believe your city is safe," Bell said. 

According to the criminal complaint, Bachicha drove to an empty spot near the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. 

The woman says she was held captive in the van for more than 15 hours while being sexually assaulted. She says the man strangled her when she tried to fight back. 

The woman says Bachicha eventually dropped her off at Wal-Mart, because his ankle monitor kept beeping and he said he had to get home to his wife. 

The woman didn't know the man, but police had a clue.

According to the District Attorney's office, this is the fourth case of this kind against Bachicha since June 2017. The criminal complaints read the same and involve a series of crimes leading up to a sexual assault.

Two of the cases, which occurred between February and April of this year, unfortunately, had to be dismissed because in each instance the victim disappeared. In a statement, the DA's office calls Bachicha a serious danger to the community. 

Bachicha was was used in a photo line-up where police say the victim identified him. Police arrested Bachicha on Sunday for kidnapping and rape.

Bachicha was scheduled to appear in court Monday, but did not because of medical reasons. 

Police say they were able to confirm the woman's story because Bachicha's GPS ankle monitor was in the area of her abduction and the area he drove her to. 


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